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Superior Edge

Superior Edge

Northern Michigan University's Superior Edge is a student development program encompassing a wide range of experiential activities complementing classroom instruction to provide students with a distinct advantage by preparing them for lifelong learning, graduate school, careers and life as engaged citizens.

The Edges

Superior Edge consists of four “edges”

  • Citizenship – Become an engaged, involved citizen
  • Diversity – Develop sensitivity and awareness of global and domestic diversity issues
  • Leadership – Become a competent, ethical and effective leader
  • Real World – Relate classroom theory to workplace practice in real-world settings

Watch this video to find out more about Superior Edge. To find out opportunities to get hours towards these edges, click here.

Why Participate?

Students who participate in Superior Edge make new friends, build community contacts and a great resume, formalize the recognition of activities they participate in, enhance the ability to relate theory to practice, and more.  Want to join?  Register for one of our orientation sessions.  Learn about other benefits to the program.

"My advice for students who are on the ‘edge’ of whether or not they should join Superior Edge is to do it! I was nervous and apprehensive about joining during my sophomore year because I thought it would be time consuming, but in all actuality, the hours were simple to complete. A lot of the activities, campus events, etc., that we participate in...will count towards Superior Edge. I know individuals who regret not following through with the program but no individuals that regret joining and/or finishing."The main reason that Superior Edge is sweeping across the NMU campus is really quite simple. Participants can get recognized for the activities and endeavors they are active with both in- and out-of-the-classroom. There are four edges: Citizenship, Diversity, Leadership, and Real World. These edges each represent 100 hours of achievement in volunteerism, diversity awareness, leadership experience, and hands-on job experience. Register <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/SkillBuilders">now</a> for an orientation.Kelsey is a junior graphic communications major from Wyandotte, Mich. Kelsey’s favorite activity she has done for Superior Edge was putting on a school dance for North Star Academy with her house government. Kelsey’s favorite thing about Superior Edge is being able to see the number of hours logged and didnKana Otani is an exchange student from Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan, majoring in English at NMU and political science in Japan. Her favorite thing she has done in Superior Edge is attending the All Nations Club where she has met people from many countries. Kana’s favorite thing about Superior Edge is volunteering off campus is that she meets people from Marquette. When Kana isn’t volunteering, she enjoys taking photos and traveling. She would love for more people to know about her hometown. Congrats, Kana!Kevin Miltenberger is in his first year from Kalamazoo majoring in biochemistry/pre-vet. Kevin’s favorite thing about Superior Edge is that it motivates him to branch out and try new things, as well as get involved in the community. His favorite Superior Edge activity is shadowing veterinarians at the Animal Medical Center of Marquette. When Kevin isn’t busy volunteering, he enjoys running and backpacking. He is also on the NMU Quiz Bowl team and involved with Marquette Ending Hunger. Congrats, Kevin! Haley Jacobson graduated in Dec. She is from Bessemer, Mich. and majored in accounting and community health education. Haley’s favorite things about Superior Edge are the diverse activities around campus and in the community, Make A Difference Day, and the Science Olympiad. Haley was a member of the College of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Beta Alpha Psi, Mortar Board, and was a hospice volunteer. Congratulations, Haley, and keep up all the great work!
Log Your Hours

Log Your Hours

The only way you can get credit for your activities is to remember to log your hours as you go. Log your hours here.  If you want a refresher on how to log, watch this video.  We look forward to reading your logs.  If you want more information about how to write your reflection paper, please check out this short video.

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